Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Brisbane Australia
It is USUALLY the ball and cup retaining housing or the bushings as mentioned above but may I suggest before doing anything you also check the OTHER end of the cables first, where they attach to the gearbox selector plate.
The selector pivots (there are two of them one for each cable) pivot on a bolt which is fitted with bushes, it is rare but sometimes the bushes can wear/disintegrate also causing huge slop. The last car I worked on had this and took me totally by surprise as I was all set to drop the exhaust and tunnel, fortunately it takes just the battery & tray out to check.
Just a thought.
Patty - 2004 Alfa 156 2.0JTS Sportwagon
Ruby - 2000 Alfa 156 2.0 TS Selespeed with Sports Pack
(Eibach 2.5 Lowering Springs)
(Bilstein Sports Dampers )